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London Music Pledge launched at Mayor’s Education Conference

On the 21st November 2014, Mayor of London Boris Johnson launched the London Music Pledge at the Mayor’s Education Conference at City Hall. In his keynote speech, Boris pledged to boost music in London schools, explaining that the subject is vital for the economy and can teach young people to “turn the mundane into the beautiful”.

The Mayor announced that from early 2015, a team of ‘London Music Champions’ – professional musicians and expert headteachers – will be available to advise teachers about developing music education within their schools. The pledge also aims to refresh the existing Music Excellence London schemes providing CPD training for Key Stage 3 music teachers. As well as this, the Mayor’s pledges included offering advice and support for parents of young musicians, the continuation of the Mayor’s Music Fund, and giving awards to schools that show outstanding commitment to music. These are to be presented at the 2015 London Music Awards.

Boris announced the five key pledges as follows:

  • Specialist advice for headteachers
  • CPD and resources for teachers
  • Jargon-free advice for teachers
  • Nurturing young musicians
  • Celebrating schools and young musicians

In a foreword to the pledge, the Mayor writes ‘Music isn’t a “nice-to-have”, it’s an essential part of every child’s education.’ He goes on to write that ‘As with maths, history or sport, children will progress at different rates. But it’s the job of headteachers, with the help of music education hubs, to ensure that every child, not just those that can pay for tuition, has the opportunity and encouragement to progress in music through to GCSE level and beyond.’

Sound Connections are proud to have been a part of the Mayor’s Music Education Taskforce that developed this pledge and who are continuing to make sure London’s headteachers and class teachers are getting the best support in music.

Read the full London Music Pledge here >

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